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Local Wedding Guide: New Jersey

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Calling all Garden State couples! We’re hopping across the Hudson to highlight our New Jersey Blue Label members and learn tidbits about them. From our favorite local venues to photographers based in NJ, here is your look-no-further list of resources. If you’re not in NJ, remember they all love to travel!

New Jersey:

Aevum Photography:
New Jersey Wedding Photographers

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Aevum Photography: Half hipster, half geek, Aevum is a team of two like-minded artist/photographer/mac nerds who decided to join forces to bring a new angle to wedding photography. We believe in simplicity, honesty, natural light, coffee, and all things real. We think wedding photography is entering a new era, and we want to be a part of defining it.

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Aevum Photography: It’s really hard to be yourself when there’s a giant camera lens in your face, and while we will sometimes literally hide in the bushes to help you forget, the best thing you can do is stare straight at that person you’re marrying and remember why this is the happiest day of your life. It only takes a fraction of a second to capture that real-life smile.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
New Jersey is called the Garden State, but in the northeast region where we’re from, it doesn’t always live up to its name. Still, it’s possible to find some gems among the concrete. One place we love is the giant run-down Colgate clock in downtown Jersey City that lights up at night across from the Manhattan Skyline. Or the high grass and rolling hills of the Loantaka reservation. And for an awesome juxtaposition of urban grandeur and rural delight, we like to shoot at Liberty State park and the surrounding grounds.

Tin Sparrow Studio:
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Venues:
Chimney Hill Inn, Lambertville
The Stone House, Warren
Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park
Neshanic Valley Golf Course, Neshanic Station
Running Deer Golf Club, Pittsgrove
The Southern Mansion, Cape May
Chart House, Weehawken
Waterside, North Bergen

Photographers:
Tin Sparrow Studio (view portfolio), New Jersey + will travel worldwide
Chelo Keys Photography (view portfolio), Millburn NJ + will travel worldwide
Susie Sefcik Photography (view portfolio), Red Bank NJ + will travel worldwide
Aevum Photography (view portfolio), Morristown NJ + will travel worldwide

Event Stylists and Planners:
It’s An Occasion (view portfolio)
My Bellissima
6 Degrees of Celebration
An Affair to Remember

Florists:

A Garden Party (view portfolio)

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
A Garden Party: We are a full service florist that specializes in weddings and events. Sister owned, we offer a fresh new look to our clients. We love following all of the latest blogs and strive to make each of our weddings unique and different from the last. Our love for all things floral makes it easy for us to love what we do. Flowers are our life!

Hana & Posy
MDS Floral Designs

Stationery:
Three Little Words (view portfolio)
To Have & To Hold
Cambridge St. Papers

Bakeries:

The Hudson Cakery (view portfolio)

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
The Hudson Cakery: We are an upscale custom cake boutique specializing in wedding and special events. We create cakes that taste as good as they look. Seriously! Check out our website for sweet designs, our menu and ordering details.
Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
The Hudson Cakery: Liberty State Park in Jersey City or Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken.

Heather Barranco Dreamcakes
patti*cakes

Fashion:

Mill Crest Vintage (view portfolio)

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Mill Crest Vintage: At Mill Crest Vintage, we offer an amazing collection of authentic vintage wedding attire for the bride and the entire wedding party. We carry one of the largest selections of vintage wedding dresses in the world. Vintage bridesmaids dresses and vintage mother of the bride dresses are also available to complete the overall look of the wedding. Brides can conveniently shop in our online boutique or can set up a private bridal consultation in our Lambertville, NJ boutique.

Beauty:
Eye Love Cosmetics
Damali NYC Beauty Concierge
Your Day Your Way
Expert Makeup Artistry and Hair Design
Bella Angel

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Coral Savannah Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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It’s pretty much a given that any wedding that Jade + Matthew shoot will be epic. Remember their first feature? We’re still swooning over these images. Today we have a new wedding to gawk over. Uniquely them and totally gorgeous, Autumn and Ken’s wedding may very well convince you to add a touch more color to your inspiration. A blush pink wedding gown and flowy polka dot dresses for the ladies is just about every girl’s dream, including ours.

Watters Olivia pink wedding dress

From the bride, Autumn: Vintage was my first thought, then I found my wedding dress… that really set the tone. Everything kind of evolved as far as colors and vision… I really just took time and let it all fall into place.

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I feel that the day ended up feeling fun, free and whimsical and romantic. Our colors were coral, pink tangerine and grey… again not a choice per se, it just evolved once I found the boutonnieres that I loved (in Coral). Once I came across the polka dot dresses for the bridesmaids I wanted to tie the dots in without making it seem like a child’s party. I found someone on Etsy who sells “dots”, I ordered some 3-inch dots from her and used those as the place cards, I also ordered multiple sizes of smaller dots and glued them on the ceremony programs.

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Watters Olivia pink wedding dress

first dance Vics Savannah Georgia
first dance Vics Savannah Georgia
first dance Vics Savannah Georgia

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Our first idea was to go to Savannah and have the Reception at Vic’s… we went for months looking at other places and checking out a ton of venues online and in person. We ultimately went with our first thought! I would say that you have to stay true to what you want to do and don’t feel pressured to make decisions, you never know when you just come across the right things (like my bouquet, boutonnieres, guestbook, makeup artist etc.). Don’t sweat it, it will all come together!


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Mothers’ Processional: “Love Theme,” The Godfather
Bridal Party Processional: “Down the Road,” Kenny Chesney
Bride’s Processional: Nessun Dorma
First Dance: “Free,” The Zac Brown Band
Last Song: “My Way,” Frank Sinatra

Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Wedding Venue: Vic’s / Wedding Photographers: Jade + Matthew / Wedding Coordinator: Cindy Brown of All About You DJs / Wedding Flowers: Surroundings / Wedding Dress: Watters “Olivia” / Wedding Makeup: Sonja Sevin / Bride’s Fascinator: Amanda Vincent Salon (Sarasota, FL) / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: After Six via Dessy Group / Groom’s Suit: Tom James / DJ and Photobooth: All About You DJs / Wedding Invitations: Vista Print / Trolleys: Oglethorpe Tours

Weekly Wrap Up + Summer Inspiration

Weekly Wrap Ups

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The sun and sea inspiration sounds just where I’d like to be right at this moment, with laptop on hand! Few colors represent a season so well like yellow and blue for summer, so we’re kicking off the season with a bright and breezy palette. With a fresh take on a coastal theme (with a few DIY ideas to boot!), here is our color card for this weekend:

Colors: citron, ocean blue, whitewash and red

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In case you missed any of our features from this week…

Woodsy bohemian wedding in California
Old-World Philadelphia inspiration shoot
A DIY tutorial for a flower bottle garland
Endless wedding favor ideas from WeddingFavors.org
This fresh Dallas wedding
Our newly updated Recycle Your Wedding section
A colorful San Antonio wedding
Palm Springs garden wedding
Wooden decor touches from The Perfect Card Box
Estates of Sunnybrook wedding

Recent listings from Recycle Your Wedding

Lot of 100 candy buffet bags
Antique chalkboard door
Set of 6 Plum Pretty Sugar robes
Burlap table runners
Set of 4 clementine boxes

Daily Pick

Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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